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Elephant hawk moth caterpillar


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The Elephant Hawk-moth caterpillar is very large by usual standards and can reach a length of 10cms. When behaving normally it has a narrower front segment which resembles a trunk giving it its name. When alarmed it retracts its head and 'trunk' which enlarges the bulge. This displays the two spots which resemble eyes to give the appearance of a snake and should deter any predators. It will also raise its head and move from side to side to deter the predator.

9th Sep 2013


Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Geocode: St Lawrence, Essex
Date of artefact: 7th September 2013

Elephant hawk moth caterpillar

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